I have been in Africa for over a month now. Obviously Africa is lacking in many modern conveniences that someone who has lived in America their entire life becomes accustomed to. Microwaves, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, stoves, ovens, etc… I have learned that all of these things are merely luxuries, and can be easily gone without. I mean it is like 100 degrees out, would I kill for some cold water? Yes. Would it be nice not to have to light four different charcoal stoves to cook dinner? Yes. Would it be great if I didn’t have to eat meat from dinner the night before as breakfast the next morning and wonder how it was kept seeing as how there is no refrigerator? Yes. Even so, it isn’t that big of a deal. I have found that I can easily live without all of this modern technology….well, all of these technologies except the washing machine.
The washing machine is, hands down, the best invention of the 20th century I have come to find. Washing clothes by hand sucks. According to Wikipedia, to get clothes clean “it is necessary to rub and flex the cloth to break apart solids and help the soap penetrate”. Yeah. Great. Just rub it with some soap, hang it up to dry…hakuna matata (as a side note, hakuna matata is actually a Kenyan saying, in Tanzania they say hamna shida). In actuality, you have to rub it over and over again against itself, then move it into cleaner water and do it again, then move it to cleaner water and do it again, then rinse it…by this time not only have you rubbed all the dirt off your clothes, but also you have managed to rub all the skin off your hands and you have only washed one shirt. Then you have to put your raw hands in the soapy water (which stings like the dickens) and do it again and again and again, until your hands are rubbed so raw they won’t move so your house girl (thank God for Edina) takes over. At a rather low point during the 3 hours it took to wash my clothes I really considered becoming a nudist.
In conclusion, be happy you have a washing machine. They are so nice. If any of you would be willing to FedEx me one, let me know.
Also, I am bringing the Macarena to Africa…